No No Girl Film Screening Event

No No Girl – Film Screening
With Film Writer and Director Paul Goodman

Saturday, March 11, 2023
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: In-person at the Center
$10 General Admission

Eighty years ago, on the eve of war and incarceration, a Japanese American family buries a secret in their backyard garden. Three generations later, a clue is discovered – unearthing the trauma and truth of their historic past.

No No Girl is a generational drama about a Japanese American family who stumble upon a mystery tracing back to incarceration and their tragic history in Japanese American Concentration Camps during World War II. Set in present day Southern California, No No Girl follows the efforts of the youngest daughter, Sue, as she tries to piece together the past and uncover the secrets that have been buried within their family for a century.

Join the Center for a special community screening of No No Girl, followed by an opportunity to learn more about the intentions, vision, and voice behind the film, in a Q&A session with the writer and director, Paul Goodman.
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About No No Girl
Accolades and Awards for Japanese Americans in Film

We have screened for over 2,000 people in Los Angeles and Orange County since Fall 2022. We premiered at the Japanese National Museum, in LA’s Little Tokyo, to a sold-out crowd. Since then we screened for a week at the Laemmle Theatre in Glendale and had two big shows at Orange County Buddhist Church. Our cast includes newcomer, Mika Dyo, alongside Oscar winner, Chris Tashima, and a huge ensemble cast of Japanese American actors. We won the Audience Choice Award at the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific Film Festival and are set to screen at such festivals like DC Independent Film Festival, DisOrient Asian American Film Festival and the Austion Revolution Film Festival – where we are nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress and more. By the time March 11, 2023 rolls around, we will have also screened at the San Jose Betsuin, Sacramento Buddhist Church, Stockton JACL and Portland JACL.


About Paul Goodman
No No Girl, Film Writer and Director

Paul Daisuke Goodman is a filmmaker and two-time cancer survivor. He began his career as a camera operator on the high seas for Discovery’s Whale Wars, until his first cancer diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 25. Being forced to put his career aside while undergoing chemotherapy and subsequent treatments, he turned to writing and editing as ways to stay productive during his periods of isolation and sickness. Eventually, he would achieve remission and leave the hospital with a folder full of scripts and newfound skills and purpose to achieve what he always wanted: to shoot feature films. In the three years following his diagnosis, he would make Leafer, Six Windows, and Evergreen, all scripts he wrote while in the hospital. Upon relapsing in 2020, Goodman would undergo a bone marrow transplant in March of 2021, and shortly after, begin shooting his second feature film, No No Girl. Now happily in remission, Goodman lives in Los Angeles with his fiance and manages his own production company, Eight East Productions, named for the wing of the hospital where he made his first films.

Goodman grew up in Southern California and attended Orange County Buddhist Church. He feels a deep connection to the Japanese American community he profiles in his film No No Girl, and for good reason. They supported him through his cancer journey, including his search for life-saving bone marrow. Focusing on the lasting effects of the World War II incarceration on modern-day generations of Japanese Americans, Goodman emphasizes the still prevalent, very real struggle in young JAs to understand who they are. As a Yonsei (fourth-generation Japanese American) himself, Goodman shares insight into his own personal journey navigating identity, family, and what it means to be Japanese American almost a century removed from the incarceration through his film, No No Girl.

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Mar 11 2023


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Center


The Center
1840 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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